The Forest School initiative takes advantage of the wonderful green woodland setting of The Granville School. Outdoor learning has numerous educational benefits, including; building resilience, self-esteem and confidence, allowing children to assess risk and having the opportunity tobe creative and connect with nature. Our innovative Forest School and OWLS programme is a specialised learning approach that sits within and complements the wider context of outdoor and woodland education. Each week, children from Kindergarten to Year 3 have Forest School and OWLS’ sessions for a morning or afternoon in the natural wooded area in the school grounds. This area is well sheltered with tree canopies and is inhabited by a variety of flora and fauna.
Sessions are led by teachers with Level 3 Forest School training and Outdoor First Aid qualifications.
What are the benefits?
- Personal and social development – improving communication skills, working with others.
- Physical activity and movement – fine and gross motor skills development.
- Resilience – problem solving and persistence.
- Confidence – self-esteem, positive attitude, taking more risks, showing initiative, intrinsic motivation.
- Wellbeing – fun and enjoyment, restoration, stress reduction.
- Cognitive impacts – knowledge and understanding about the world around them and respect for their environment